I’m proud to announce that I’m the newest member of the Glam Network!

The decision came after a lot of deliberation, and patient-question-answering by the peeps at Glam. I didn’t want to sign a contract with just anyone, and it’s important to me that the advertising on this site goes with the Afrobella aesthetic and outlook. And Glam is totally with it, and they respect my vision.

This means more ads, more readers, and more wonderful things to come for Afrobella! So excited! You may notice some glitchy advertising issues today and over the weekend — we’re still working on the back end to make Internet Explorer and Firefox look perfect at the same time. So excuse our dust while we renovate a little bit around here.

I’ll be back with a rare Saturday post to answer your questions for little afrobellas. For now, here’s a throwback video from an artist who’s been on my mind these days. Does ANYONE know what the heck happened to Patra? She was rough and raw and too sexy and tough. But if she came out now, I think her comeback could be HUGE! C’mon, Patra – don’t let Sean Paul be the only dancehall artist crossing over. You laid the foundation!

It’s impossible to find a G-rated Patra video, but this one was always my favorite. Shuffle the deck, me a the queen in a the pack!

Happy Friday, everyone!

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She-Ra says:
September 14, 2007, 12:40 pm
Hooray bella, you STACK THAT PAPER! The site looks made crazy for me right now, the ads at the top. Hope you fix i over the weekend
Mae B. says:
September 14, 2007, 1:14 pm
I'm hooked I'm be coming here for all my info. I love magazines but your site pulls all my zines to one spot. I don't know what happen to Petra but she could make a how to dvd I'd buy it.
StAr says:
September 14, 2007, 1:16 pm
Bella, that's great news you becoming the newest member of GLAM!! I'm sure you guys will work well together. You know I always wanted to know what happened to Patra and I wish she would make a comeback....thanks for the vid. Also, I can't wait for the Saturday post I do need help w/the little afrobella...have a sweet weekend..
afrobella says:
September 14, 2007, 1:40 pm
Hey StAr! This weekend's Ask Afrobella is for YOU. You're the last one who wrote in about it, so keep an eye out. And thanks for always commenting and reading!
kia says:
September 14, 2007, 6:10 pm
congrats Bella.. you are doing it soo big with all the awards and notoriety!
Thandie says:
September 14, 2007, 8:10 pm
RE: Patra........ Luv her too! I just saw her in a fairly recent music video on youtube. She was wearing all white and looked royal. I will look for it again. Maybe a few years old? She looked more sexy and beautiful than I remember her in the 90's!!!!! She looks like she hasnt aged one day. And CONGRATS Afrobella!
LchanelPr says:
September 14, 2007, 10:30 pm
Wow thats great.. The glam network will totally open your readership up beyond imagine and is a wonderful step for your network. I want to say good job for not allowing them to just place any ol' ad on your site. it must match the content to not seem so generic... GOOD JOB and stay prayed up... from one of your fav honey magazine bloggers www.honeymag/modules/elleword
Lianne says:
September 14, 2007, 10:34 pm
Yayyy Bella!! Welcome to the Glam fam!! xoxo Lianne
JahGyal says:
September 14, 2007, 11:55 pm
Re: Patra, she released a song and video in JA last year as part of her comeback plans. Still waiting on the album - the song was tepid, the video ice cold. Then she got herself in some kind of legal drama and is before the courts in Montego Bay on some kind of fraud thing. Honestly though, Patra should have never taken such a looooonnnng hiatus. However, I will say this saw her last year and she was gorgeous - still rocking the braids, this time they were micros, but her skin was sooooo beautiful and her body was kicking - had to kick the hubby under the table he was staring so hard.
TheBeautifulOne says:
September 15, 2007, 4:22 am
Wow! If this is G-rated I don't want to see PG. Have mercy mercy mercy!
Leon says:
September 15, 2007, 4:22 pm
Yeah. What did happen to her anyway?
Madame Zenobia says:
September 15, 2007, 5:04 pm
I remember reading an article, I think, in a VIBE magazine some years back and it showed Patra, sans the braids, and spoke of how she basically had to 'get away from it all'. I got the jist that she might've gone a little crazy or something. Not like 'that' crazy, but that she had to really step back and check herself and get back in tune with things. I did like her though, uni-suit and all ;)
ceecee says:
September 15, 2007, 8:43 pm
omg!!! i remember patra!! and patra braids :)
chia says:
September 16, 2007, 2:50 pm
Not feeling the Glam advertising look. It looks like spam and as of sunday, the ads DO NOT reflect the organic nature of afrobella (Celebrities in Bikinis--Lohan, that OC chic)--all the while, what does appeal to us (Anita Grant) has been pushed down. Have you thought about approaching afro-owned businesses and offering them advertising packages? I know you have to look out for yourself, so, I'm not mad at you.
bella says:
September 16, 2007, 3:11 pm
Hey Chia -- you know what, thanks for your honesty. I appreciate knowing your take on it. The ads show up different for everyone depending on IP address, so I haven't seen any celebs in bikinis. But the nice thing is, I can let my ad rep know and we can hopefully rectify that. To be honest, I tried hard with the advertising thing on my own for the whole first year of having the site. But I just couldn't get it to that point, you know? Having no experience in that field, coupled with barely having enough time to write posts four days a week meant that I just couldn't also be my own advertising representative. And lots of the successful companies I contacted didn't respond to the e mailed request of some new "blogger." So here's hoping that having a representative and network helps me to get some good deals going, and also helps me deal with advertising requests from those afro-owned companies in a more professional and timely manner. I will continue to monitor the kind of ads that are on the site. Although I know more ads = bigger things for Afrobella, I never want to go too far over the deep end and have ad interests start consuming the site's main goals. Thanks again for commenting.
nyc/caribbean ragazza says:
September 17, 2007, 10:16 pm
I remember Patra's remake of Grace Jones' "Pull up to the bumper." I was wondering what happened to her.
SumtingSweet says:
September 17, 2007, 10:23 pm
Haha...I used to get in trouble for watching Patra vids lol
SumtingSweet says:
September 17, 2007, 10:23 pm
Haha...I used to get in trouble for watching Patra vids lol
SumtingSweet says:
September 17, 2007, 10:23 pm
Double post...sowwy :)
MysTery says:
September 18, 2007, 8:22 pm
Congrats hun!!!!
mystery-shopping says:
January 12, 2009, 9:43 am
nice site very interesting post keep it up


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